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GTO to the Couch Potato: Next Time, We'd Like Some Superpowers

Tangent alert! While this article has nothing to do with large-scale biology, it's a fun thought exercise. In today's New York Times, John Tierney writes about philosopher Nick Bostrom and his concept that the universe we live in is actually someone else's virtual reality. "In fact," writes Tierney, "if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation." Sounds like the Matrix, we know, but here's the twist: we're virtual ancestors of advanced humans simulating their past.

 

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.